From National Indivisible, July 8, 2017
We’re indivisible, and we’re ready.
Indivisible Group Leader,
Congress comes back to D.C. and is in session on Monday! Their 4th of July recess week was not kind to TrumpCare’s prospects. As Politico reported yesterday, because of all the local pressure Senators faced back home, “It was a grim week for the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare.” Congress is in session for the rest of July—let’s make it a grim month for repeal.
Your back-to-session to-do list.
* Keep up the pressure on your Senators to reject TrumpCare. Republicans are laying groundwork for a TrumpCare vote next week. McConnell continues to strong-arm and bribe Senators. We need to keep up the pressure and make sure your Senators know there is no policy tweak, no extra time, and no extra funding that would redeem this bill. In blue states, make sure you’re encouraging your Senators to do everything they can to slow down and stop this dumpster-fire-of-a-bill. Everything you need to hold your Senators accountable is available here.
* Mark your calendars: possible markup of budget resolution (Wed/TH). The House Budget Committee may have a markup of their FY18 budget resolution, which would have more devastating cuts to entitlements and non-defense spending, and set the stage for tax reform.
* Take action to stop the Kobach Commission. The Kobach commission is asking for voter information and the intentions are clear: voter suppression. Everything you need to take action is now available at kobach.indivisibleguide.com.
The fight ahead on TrumpCare.
Local pressure has turned TrumpCare from a sure thing into a real fight. A month ago in Washington, it was a certainty that the Senate would vote to repeal the ACA before the July 4th recess. Mitch McConnell did everything he could to make that happen. It didn’t happen because of nationwide public opposition to the bill. It didn’t happen because of YOU. And what we saw during recess was that Republican senators were once again nowhere to be found. All but a few were too afraid to face their own constituents. We are winning this fight.
McConnell’s goal is now to get TrumpCare done by August. But make no mistake, Mitch McConnell is actively doing everything he can to get to the 50 votes he needs, so the fight is far from over. We don’t expect that the Senate will vote on TrumpCare this week, but the vote could come the week of July 17. That doesn’t mean you should relax or let up on your Senators. In fact, the CBO is right now looking at changes proposed by Sen. Cruz (TX-R) that would only make the bill worse, especially for people with pre-existing conditions. At the same time, McConnell is floating an extra $45 billion in funding to fight opioid addiction, but that woefully inadequate amount of funding should not even remotely persuade your Senator. So keep up the pressure. Don’t let up on your Senators. We are almost there—we can kill this bill.
Recess Week Rehash: How To
As you’re coming out of recess, check out this guide to keeping your group motivated. And knowing that many of you are already planning your next big thing, here’s our tips for making decisions in a group.
Red, White, and You… Did It Again.
This July 4th recess was incredible thanks to your creative tactics and commitment to holding your members of Congress accountable… everywhere.
Indivisible groups organized more than 100 unique events around the country, many focused on health care…
Indivisible MDI’s candlelight vigil in Bar Harbor, ME
Indivisible Denver Rally in Denver, CO
Indivisible NOLA’s ‘Kayak-tivism’ edition of the traditional Bayou St. John July 4 boat parade
New Orleans, LA
Many Members of Congress kept a low profile this July 4th.
When they found them, Indivisibles held their Members of Congress’s feet to the fire…
And told them to “Stay Strong!” where it mattered most…
Washington Post: At parades and protests, GOP lawmakers get earful about health care
For the 15th year, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) spent July 4 marching through this town of 1,331, a short boat ride away from Canada. She walked and waved, next to marching bands and Shriner-driven lobster boats. Her constituents cheered—and then asked whether she would vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act.
“There was only one issue. That’s unusual. It’s usually a wide range of issues,” Collins said in an interview after the parade. “I heard, over and over again, encouragement for my stand against the current version of the Senate and House health-care bills. People were thanking me, over and over again. ‘Thank you, Susan!’ ‘Stay strong, Susan!’ ”
And Indivisible groups marched in their local Fourth of July parades.
Petaluma and Sonoma County, CA
Iowa City, IA
And Kansas Indivisible groups showed up to give Senator Moran a town hall he won’t soon forget.
The next couple of weeks are critical in our fight to stop TrumpCare once and for all. And we’re confident that, together, we can win.